Dr. Greg Alexander, USF professor

Published February 23, 2007

TAMPA - Dr. Greg R. Alexander was a soft-spoken skeptic who took nothing for granted, friends said. He believed in the importance of asking good questions and dedicated much of his life to searching for answers.

Dr. Alexander, 56, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Feb. 20, 2007) of heart failure. He was a professor of public health and pediatrics at the University of South Florida. His wife, Donna Petersen, is dean of the USF College of Public Health.

As a perinatal epidemiologist, Dr. Alexander was an advocate for children, whom he considered "our most precious asset," said Dr. Jay Wolfson.

Wolfson, a USF professor of public health and medicine, said his friend and colleague of 28 years was an "extraordinary father, a doting husband" and "the epitome of what science and a university is supposed to be."

Dr. Alexander previously held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University and other universities around the country.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Kerry and Morgan Alexander, both of Tampa; a sister, Marva Alexander Paige, Chesapeake, Va.; and his mother, Mary Williamson Alexander, Chesapeake.

Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, MacDill Avenue Chapel.

Donations can be made to the Greg R. Alexander Fund for Young Scholars in Maternal and Child Health, and sent to the University of South Florida, MDC-70, 12091 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, 33612, or call (813) 974-3676.